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insurgent organisation in Poland, but merely an c organisation of Polish spies
in the German service who are stabbing the honest sons of the White
Ruthenian, Ukrainian and Polish peoples in the back . . .5 The under-
lying threat in Renter's correspondent's comments directed at the 'unget-at-
able ' Polish Government in London^ may be carried out against those who
are even now fighting in Poland . . . The German terror is raging ... In the
streets of Warsaw and of our other cities, the Germans have shot 7,000
people within the last four months. How many others have perished during
this time, from starvation or have been exterminated in concentration camps,
and dungeons, we shall not know until later, but their number is not difficult
to visualise.
" So Poland answers every day to the Hitlerite regime, by the action of
those whom the organ of the Soviet Communist Party term * the organisa-
tion of Polish spies in the German service.5 The cup of Polish martyrdom
is indeed full to the brim, it has suffered the crown of thorns and borne the
cross of pain and now comes the lying slanders.
" Perhaps a storm cloud is appearing. If the Polish Underground has to
meet the same fate to which, according to Reuter's correspondent^ the Polish
statesmen are pre-ordained, the world would then be the onlooker at a
tragedy, the like of which human memory cannot recall, and which the
conscience of the people will not be able to face."
The Soviets had already used threats against the Polish underground
for the supposed * murder of Communists and Soviet partisans.5 The
Soviet radio stations and the Daily Worker,, following their lead, had
accused the radio-station Swit> which belonged to the Government's
Representative in Underground^ of calling on the citizens of Poland to
fight the partisans.
"... this cry regarding the supposed murder of Communists in Poland
by the Polish Underground," wrote Dziennik Polski on February 15, " is
nothing more than the preparation of the world public for the bloody trial
of the warriors of Underground Poland who have fought ceaselessly from
the 1st of September, 1939, against the Germans. This coming action has
already been announced in Communist leaflets dropped in Poland."
On February 17, Mikolajczyk replied to Stalin's proposals. As
regards the frontier, he suggested the establishment of " a temporary line
, of demarcation for the Polish and Russian administrations for the duration
of the war, with the towns of Wilno and Lwow remaining on the Polish
side,55 and that the question of Poland's frontiers, both in the east and in
the west, should be left for settlement until after the war, since, in
accordance with the Polish Constitution, no frontier change could be
considered without the consent of Parliament. As to the demand that
the Commander-in-Chief and two Ministers should be dismissed, " no
Government," ran the answer, " with any claim to independence could
agree that a foreign Power had the right to dictate changes in its composi-
tion and military leadership . . . Such changes would come automatically
in the event of the Polish proposals being accepted by Moscow—Ministers
who were opposed to such settlements would obviously have to resign/*
commented the official Press. Simultaneously, the Polish Government